Becoming an organ donor is one of the most important decisions you can make. In 2000, 3,916 Americans died while waiting for a transplant. On May 6, 2000, 55,560 patients in the United States were awaiting transplant. When deciding to become an organ donor, consider these facts: Your donor status has no effect on the care you receive. Organ and tissue recovery occurs only after every effort has been made to save your life. Organs are removed surgically from the donor without disfiguring the body. People of any age and with any medical history may still be donors. If you decide to become an organ donor, share your decision with your family now. Signing a donor card does not ensure that your organs will be donated.